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C-1169 - Adherence to international guidelines in forensic imaging: A single institution experience.

C. Sweetnam, F. Bolster, J. O' Neill, M. T. Cassidy, L. Lawler; Dublin/IE Type: Educational Exhibit
Area of Interest: Forensic / Necropsy studies
Imaging Technique: CT
Procedure: Audit and standards
Special Focus: Education and training
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Learning objectives: Herein we describe our single institution experience of improving adherence to international forensic imaging guidelines. Furthermore, the benefits of performing Post-Mortem Computed Tomography (PMCT) studies for gunshot homicide cases are explored.  

Background: Recent decades have shown a dramatic increase in Dublin’s gun crime due to escalated gangland activity and illegal drug trade. Further increases may burden hospital services such as radiology [1]. The declining cost of computed tomography (CT) technology has made PMCT a more accessible and popular r[...]

Findings and procedure details: A retrospective analysis of all post-mortem imaging (PMI) studies carried out in our single institution between March 2015 and March 2016 was performed. Our current practice was compared to the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (IIRRT) ‘Best Practice Guidelines’ [6] and The Societ[...]

Conclusion: Implementation of international forensic best practice guidelines is now adopted at our institution. Routine performance of PMCT in gunshot homicides can provide detailed information in a time-effective manner to complement the forensic investigation. 

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References: Murphy I, Lavelle L, Ni Mhurchu E, McCarthy R, Heffernan E. Imaging of gunshot injuries in a West Dublin teaching hospital: a ten year review. Irish medical journal. 2014 Sep 1. Flach PM, Ampanozi G, Germerott T, Ross SG, Krauskopf A, Thali MJ, Mund MT. Shot sequence detection aided by postmortem co[...]

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